Marvel Studios made a big announcement over the weekend when it disclosed the release dates of its upcoming movies from 2016 up to 2020, composed of a total of 14 films in all.
The list begins with the release of “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6, 2016 and “Doctor Strange” in November next year, followed by three movies each in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
However, all the three films set for 2020 release were left anonymous, indicating them simply as first, second, and third mystery Marvel movie.
That surely had Marvel fans speculating on which movie would be the first, second, or third mystery Marvel movie in 2020.
The first mystery Marvel movie will come out in May 2020, followed by the second mystery movie to come out in July 2020, before the third one hits cinemas in November 2020.
Marvel Studios titled its announcement as Phase 3 Update of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means that they are all Phase 3 movies and not the first three movie installments of Phase 4, details the Den of Geek.
Big in May
The month of May is very important for Marvel Studios in releasing its movies. Based on history, however, it could be recalled that Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe all began with “Iron Man,” which was released on May 2, 2008.
Two years later, or on May 7, 2010, “Iron Man 2” also came out. “Iron Man 3” was also released to worldwide theaters on May 3, 2013. In other words, the history in the release dates of “Iron Man” movies is all there and it is only fitting that the May 2020 release date schedule should be given to “Iron Man 4.”
The first Avengers movie was also released on May 4, 2012, and on May 1 of this year came its sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Based on the calendar of release date schedules announced by Marvel over the weekend, “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” will be released in May 2018, and the “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” in May 2019.
The only odd movie in the May release date calendar of Marvel is “Thor” which came out on May 6, 2011. “Thor: The Dark World,” was released in October 2013, while the upcoming third movie of the demi-god “Thor: Ragnarok” will come out in November 2017.
Simply put, if there is one upcoming Marvel movie that has a lock on the May 2020 release date, it is no other than “Iron Man 4.” Still, there are speculations that it could also be a movie about the Incredible Hulk or the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” film.
But until Marvel Studios officially makes the announcement, all information about any of the three Marvel movies that will hit theaters in 2020 are mere speculations at this time.
Meanwhile, there are also reports going around lately that Robert Downey Jr. may not agree to do an “Iron Man 4” anymore and instead entrust the role of Tony Stark and Iron Man to another actor of Marvel’s choice, notes the Christian Post.
Some reports say that it has something to do with the salary because the actor reportedly wants a salary increase of $50 million from his previous engagement. Since Marvel paid him $80 million for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” it would be so easy for the production outfit to pay him $100 million for “Iron Man 4.”
This appears to be raw information as of now since Robert Downey Jr. is set to do two more Avengers movies for Marvel, one in 2018 and another one in 2019, where he is likely to get paid more than $80 million each. Thus, when he is to do an “Iron Man 4” around 2019 for a 2020 release date, $100 million would already be a cinch for Marvel Studios.